With summer in full swing, you don’t want to be caught off guard with an HVAC system that’s not up to scratch.
These six simple summer HVAC maintenance tips will help keep your system in order throughout the hottest months, allowing you to spend your time relaxing and keeping cool, instead of worrying about your air conditioner.
Simple Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips
Follow these simple tips to keep your HVAC in check and keep it maintained all summer long.
- Upgrade Your Thermostat
Keep your thermostat in shape to optimize the performance of your HVAC system. Investing in a programmable thermostat will allow you to customize your home’s temperature based on your individual comfort needs.
Utilize a Wi-Fi model to control your thermostat remotely using an internet connection. This way, you not only save money on your energy bills but a smart thermostat prevents your AC from premature damage particularly during peak hot periods.
- Replace Your Air Filter
Check your air filters periodically. Depending on the size of your filter and how often you use your AC, your air filter should be replaced every 1-3 months. Also look for signs of build-up and replace as needed.
Change your air filters or thoroughly clean them to allow cool and clean air to circulate through your home. After all, dirty, clogged filters can lead to poor air flow and a host of health issues and other problems.
- Inspect Your Ductwork
Take a walk around your home and look for signs of air leakage, including around window edges. With visible ductwork, make sure there are no obstructions to the passage of air.
Call a professional technician to come and clean your ducts too. This will ensure your system continues to run at an optimized performance level, and can also help to identify any leaks or damage that may become a bigger issue if left unaddressed.
- Check Condenser Unit Fan
Since your condenser unit is outside, it’s constantly exposed to elements that can lead to the fan becoming damaged due to debris, which can possibly slip through the slits. A broken fan needs to be replaced right away, as it will stop your system working properly, and can cause more severe problems.
- Clean Outdoor Condenser Unit
Dirt, grass, leaves and other debris can get into/on top of your condenser unit or grow up around it. This reduces air flow and makes your system work harder, costing you more money. Remove what debris you can by hand, then switch your unit off and wash it out with a garden hose. Make sure to trim any long grasses or weeds around the unit to ensure that they don’t cause any obstruction.
- Check the Wiring
Check the wiring of your HVAC system on a regular basis to make sure it’s not only working properly, but that it remains safe. Turn off the system and open the access panel to inspect the wires. Do NOT attempt to fix any electrical wiring yourself. If you notice any of the wires looking burned or blackened, call in a professional to have them replaced.
It’s important to keep up with regular maintenance checks and inspections of your HVAC system throughout the year to keep your AC running smoothly. Contact ClimateCare for any additional questions and for all of your heating and cooling needs. Our friendly and professional staff at any of our locations, will be happy to address any of your air conditioning queries.